arcserve-KB : How to create policies in arcserve Central Virtual Standby?

Last Update: 2016-11-23 16:59:11 UTC


We can create a policy and assign it to a node that allows a standby to come up to a running state when the original node is down. The standby is a backup of a node that was taken by the CA ARCserve Central Protection manager. Subsequent backups are added to this standby so that we can get the most current state of the node. Follow the steps given below to create a policy and assign it to a node.


Launch CA ARCserve Central Virtual Standby Application and click on Policies as shown below:

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Click on Figure 2 under Policies to create a new policy. The new policy window will appear as below:

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We can provide a name to the policy in the wizard or by default the policy will be named as 'New Policy'. The wizard has three screens Virtualization Server, Virtual Machine and Stand-in Settings. By default, the first screen, Virtualization Server is selected. We need to provide the VMware ESX / Hyper-V server and the login credentials to configure the standby for the node. We can choose the protocol type as HTTP or HTTPS based on the requirement and the port number will change according to the protocol being used. We can configure a Monitor server which will act as proxy for the data transfer under 'Monitoring'. We need to provide the server name and the login credentials.

The second screen, Virtual Machine has three options to configure: VM Basic Settings, VM Datastore and VM Network as shown below:

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VM Basic settings will allows us to configure some basic information like the VM name for the Standby, VM resource pool that we want to assign this standby to, CPU count and Memory. 'Browse Resource Pools' button will show us the existing resource pools available (as shown below) in the ESX server that we provided in the first screen (Virtualization Server).

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VM Datastore option will allow us to specify a data store for all virtual disks or for each virtual disk.

VM Network option will allow us to choose the virtual NIC and the virtual network.

The third screen, VM Stand-in Settings will have the startup information about the standby VM.

We can choose to manually start the standby VM or automatically start if the node if down. Heartbeat properties will have the Timeout and Frequency of the heartbeat between the actual node and the standby.

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Click Figure 7 to save the policy and exit out of the New Policy window.

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